"God and the Travelers"
August 12, 2006Email to a FriendPrint
"Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss." Acts 27:21
The apostle Paul was a traveling man, venturing far and wide by land and sea. He understood that not all journeys were safe and without danger (Acts 27:9-10).
Just think what Paul would say if he could see all the people on the move today. No doubt he would still predict danger and peril.
The problems of travel in Paul's day were mostly due to unmanageable weather elements and inadequate carriers. Today the major problem seems to be the travelers themselves. News reports of highway disasters and accident scenes are frequently attributed to driver negligence, alcoholism, road rage, and the like.
While alcohol, carelessness, speed, and fatigue are often causes of highway deaths, they are not excuses. Paul today would thunder against our violation of the commandment "You shall not kill." God, too, offers something to travelers as a basic rule for the road: "Love does no harm to its neighbor" (Romans 13:10).
But God also comforts travelers who face the unknown and events beyond their control He says, "Do not be afraid, for I am with you."
PRAYER: Dear Lord, watch over us and those we love as we travel. Keep us from sudden death and injury, and help us always to put our trust in You; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, we pray. Amen.
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